School lunch app: If you haven’t already, download the new Sonoma Valley Unified School District food services app at svusd.yumyummi.com/. According to food services director Cody Williams, the district kitchens’ “nutritious breakfast and lunch menu items are minimally processed, rotate seasonally and are made on site from our dedicated culinary staff. Produce comes from our campus gardens, Altimira farm and the rich agricultural resources in and around Sonoma Valley.” Your kids can see what will be served each week on the app and students can give feedback and rate specific dishes. A Spanish version is in the works.
SRJC classes: The fall semester of community education classes at Santa Rosa Junior College starts Monday, Aug. 29. There are dozens of great choices in the arts, humanities, career and technical education and more. You can register online at srjcce.augusoft.net
The concept of time: Available in both English and Spanish, the new(ish) app KazuTime aims to increase the focus and concentration needed for optimum learning in children ages 3 to 8. By showing time elapsing through visual, auditory, tactile and cognitive cues, children are better able to understand and come to terms with the concept of time. Kazutime.com
Cornerstone kids classes: Cornerstone Sonoma is offering a series of cooking classes for kids with Chef Hollie Greene of JoyFoodly. Topics include back to school lunches, healthy Halloween treats and more. The classes are Saturday, Sept. 10 and Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset’s Outdoor test kitchen. Classes are $25 per person and $10 for kids under 10. cornerstonesonoma.com/events/
Student loan wizard: As parents face huge college bills and try to determine how much is too much to borrow, there is a new site that aims to take the guesswork out of this difficult question. The interactive calculator can determine how much you can afford to borrow in student loan funds based on your future expected earnings and the salary you will need in order to afford your student loan payments. mappingyourfuture.org/paying/debtwizard/
Charter school openings: Sonoma Charter School currently has spaces for students to enroll in kindergarten, grades 3, 4, 7 and 8. Interested families should call Molly Koler at 935-4232; for Spanish translation ask for Fernanda Chavarria.
Hanna news: Hanna Boys Center is offering a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 on “Building Sanctuary within Mission-Driven Organizations.” Organizational culture is playing an ever increasing role in the success or failure of nonprofit enterprises. Can organizations create and maintain a culture of compassion and innovation while increasing productivity and competitiveness? The interactive seminar explores the concept of building sanctuary within mission-focused groups to strengthen executive leadership and scope coherence. Visit hannacenter.org/events. Also upcoming at Hanna is its 24th annual Golf & tennis Classic on Friday, Sept. 30 at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa. The events raises funds to support and benefit the at-risk boys attending Hanna Boys Center.
Ecology school programs: Every school in the district is invited to reach out to the Sonoma Ecology Center to arrange for free in-classroom classes and activities as part of the Center’s Common Core-approved Watershed Education Program. The program consists of three grade-level science modules for second, fourth and fifth grades, at no cost thanks to funders and donors. Each module includes five one-hour classroom lessons and a four-hour field trip experience. Field trip destinations are Montini Open Space Preserve, Sonoma Garden Park or Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, depending on the grade. To find out more, contact Holland Gistelli at 996-0712, ext. 108 or email@example.com.